Nick Spencer & Christian Ward - The Infinite Vacation No 1 (3 stars)

Character of parallel universes tale ends up ‘bored, alone and miserable’

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Nick Spencer & Christian Ward - The Infinite Vacation No 1

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‘Hello My Name Is Mark,’ says the badge worn by the red-haired guy with the shirt, tie and patch of ill-advised chin fluff who looks as though he’s attending a conference. And in a way he is, with this gathering of his alternate selves over countless parallel universes, whose lives he can access for a hefty fee as part of a lifestyle experience called ‘The Infinite Vacation’.

It’s a great premise, although where the tension might come from remains to be seen: should we be particularly bothered as surf bum Mark is gunned down in a robbery when there are endless other versions of him out there? The more relevant question is why ‘our’ Mark ends up ‘bored, alone and miserable’ in every scenario he encounters. While you’re waiting for the answer, please do marvel at the joyous, scratchy style of artist Christian Ward, the sleeve illustrator of The Pictish Trail’s Secret Soundz Vol 1 album.

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